UnitedHealthcare Awards $5.2 Million in Grants to California Nonprofits - $806,500 to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital

  UnitedHealthcare Awards $5.2 Million in Grants to California Nonprofits -
  $806,500 to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation, Plumas District
  Hospital

  Grants support nine California nonprofit organizations to strengthen youth
   wellness, care delivery and health technology in underserved communities

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GRASS VALLEY, Calif. -- April 03, 2013

Two Northern California nonprofit hospitals have been awarded a total of
$806,500 in grants from UnitedHealthcare to help improve health care services
and wellness programs for local patients and community residents.

The grants are part of $5.2 million UnitedHealthcare is awarding to nine
health care organizations to support nonprofit clinics and hospitals that
improve health care services for underserved communities statewide.

Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation ($699,500) and Plumas District
Hospital ($107,000) received the funding to support wellness and medical
education programs and improve the delivery of health care services in
Northern California.

The announcement was made at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital in Grass Valley
where community leaders participated in a check presentation and learned about
how the funding will be used to expand the hospital’s eClinical Works program,
an initiative to expand electronic health records and health information
technology systems.

The grant will help Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital serve rural clinics
throughout the region, providing them access to health information exchange
systems and advanced technology to better serve patients. The funding is in
addition to a $334,268 grant the organization received from UnitedHealthcare
in 2008 that helped the hospital start its health information technology
program.

“This grant from UnitedHealthcare supports our investment in new technologies
that is helping us serve rural community clinics throughout the region,” said
Kimberly Parker, executive director, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital
Foundation. “These funds are helping expand our eClinical Works program that
enables us to deliver health care services to more people in our community,
particularly people living in rural areas.”

Plumas District Hospital in Plumas has received $107,000 to expand educational
and outreach services for women diagnosed with gestational diabetes in the
region. Plumas County has seen a significant increase in perinatal risk
factors in the last eight years, the highest percentage of which are related
to diabetes – either a Type 2 diabetes diagnosis prior to pregnancy or
development of gestational diabetes during pregnancy. In 2011, 24 percent of
Plumas District Hospital’s obstetric patients were diagnosed with gestational
diabetes and required referral or consultation. UnitedHealthcare’s latest
grant enables Plumas District Hospital to provide comprehensive services to
the gestational diabetic population through a local diabetes education
program. The funding is in addition to a $326,357 the organization received
from UnitedHealthcare in 2008 to upgrade its telemedicine capabilities.

“We are grateful to receive this critical funding that will support our
diabetes programs,” said Douglas Lafferty, CEO, Plumas District Hospital.
“Through this grant we will be able to provide education and outreach to
patients who live in rural areas of this region to help diagnose, treat and
prevent diabetes. Having these resources makes a big difference in our ability
to make a positive impact in the health of our local residents.”

“This is a great investment by UnitedHealthcare in helping hospitals and
clinics that serve rural populations in our state have vital resources for
improving the care they provide local patients,” said Nate Beason, Nevada
County supervisor. “We applaud your commitment and investment in these
communities.”

“These organizations are doing remarkable work to serve rural areas of our
state and enhance the delivery of services to doctors and patients in those
communities,” said Brandon Cuevas, CEO, UnitedHealthcare of California.
“UnitedHealthcare is grateful for the opportunity to work together with them
and help enhance health and quality of life for children, adults and
families.”

Since 2008, UnitedHealthcare has provided more than $30 million in grants to
53 nonprofits statewide. Thirteen of them are in Northern California,
receiving $4.7 million.

In addition to these grants, UnitedHealthcare’s California Health Care
Investment Program has provided $269 million in total investments to 46 health
care organizations throughout the state to help underserved, low-income and
underinsured communities and populations. This includes $20 million ($3.1
million to Plumas county hospitals) in financing to help Critical Access
Hospitals in rural communities throughout California improve health
information technology systems, including the adoption of electronic health
records.

UnitedHealthcare, a UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) company, serves more than
2.4 million Californians with a care provider network of 320 hospitals and
more than 57,000 physicians statewide.

About Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation
Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation, founded in 1984, is located in
Grass Valley, California. The Foundation’s mission is “to nurture the spirit
of generosity and volunteerism of the community, we focus our philanthropic
efforts in fostering quality healthcare of the highest standards for Sierra
Nevada Memorial Hospital.” For more information about SNMH Foundation, call
530-477-9700 or visit www.supportsierranevada.org.

About Plumas District Hospital
Plumas District Hospital (PDH) is located in Quincy, providing the residents
of central Plumas County with inpatient services, general surgery, labor,
delivery and postpartum care, outpatient surgery, endoscopy, emergency room
services, a hospital-based ambulance service and dental clinic. PDH also
serves the community with two rural health clinics, providing family practice
physicians and care for patients in the region.

About UnitedHealthcare
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier
lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and
wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The
company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals,
employers and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with
780,000 physicians and care professionals and 5,900 hospitals and other care
facilities nationwide. UnitedHealthcare serves more than 40 million people in
health benefits and is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:
UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company.

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Contact:

UnitedHealthcare
Matthew Yi, 714-822-1097
matthew.yi@uhc.com
or
Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation
Kimberly Parker, 530-477-9700
kparker@snmhf.com
or
Plumas District Hospital
Tiffany Leonhardt, 530-283-7971
tleaonhardt@pdh.org
 
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